The Policy Institute at King’s College London and Digital Science will be analysing the case studies submitted to the REF to illustrate the impact of research beyond academia. The analysis has been commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and its partners in the REF exercise. The work aims to maximise the value of the 6,975 case studies as a separate resource, analysing them and identifying what they can show about the wider impact of the research conducted by UK universities. The case studies will be made freely available for analysis in a database to be hosted on the HEFCE website. The outputs will be a well-curated, readily searchable database of the case studies, an overview report describing the strength of UK science, and a view on how the case study approach works in assessing and auditing impact.
The exercise will not affect the quality-related block funding awarded to institutions by the government, as the case studies have already been incorporated into that process.